Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2015/11/03

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Subject: [Leica] The SL
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2015 03:39:32 -0500

Perhaps they're going to have to eventually decide if they want you to buy
their new lenses  just out or use  our glass from the previous chemically
based millennium.. There is public relations value in being able to use old
glass. It makes them look good. They used to try to be less obsolescence
involved than other camera companies. Old bodied could get turned into newer
versions. They were upgradeable in effect.
We spend a ton on their glass and we can still use them as technologies
evolve. A good thing. On the other hand they may want their clients of the
past living in the present. Me I'd love to be able to use my M glass on a
digital full frame camera which is not going to break the bank. And not
require two bodies one in the shop and one which actually works.
The SL when I first saw it has R glass solution written all over it.
Its named after a camera which took R glass (I think.)
Using R glass on an M turning an M into a metal munching beast seems less
than ideal to me.

On 11/2/15 10:15 PM, "Jayanand Govindaraj" <jayanand at> wrote:

> Is there any technical reason why this is difficult (Auto Exposure
> feature for R lenses)? Nikon DSLR AF lenses work fine on the Nikon 1
> mirrorless systems, with both AF and AE (most features) enabled via an
> adapter.
> Cheers
> Jayanand
> On Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 5:37 AM, Frank Filippone <red735i at> 
> wrote:
>> If it were as easy as a simple tube, which is the adapter without the auto
>> feature, there is no reason that it would not have been available now.  It
>> is so trivial, that the Chinese copy cats have probably already done 
>> it.....
>> ( somewhat tongue in cheek.)... Checking after I wrote that, I found that
>> Novoflex has the adapter ( dumb, no auto feature), called the LET/LER.  So
>> you can use your R lenses on your SL body, as soon as they ship them.....
>> That is the primary reason I think that it will the Auto feaqture..... 
>> that
>> it is taking a year to come out.....
>> I have no real info, nor am I on the inside track at Leica.....  I am 
>> purely
>> speculating...
>> But if it did have the Auto feature, it would be the single most brilliant
>> implementation Leica has had since the LTM to M adapters..... about 1953.
>> Frank Filippone
>> Red735i at
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: LUG [ at] On 
>> Behalf
>> Of Akhil Lal
>> Sent: Monday, November 02, 2015 3:48 PM
>> To: Leica Users Group
>> Subject: Re: [Leica] The SL
>> Actually I was told by a Leica rep at PhotoExpo that the R adapter would 
>> not
>> have an auto stop down mechanism. Of course he could be wrong, or they 
>> might
>> reconsider....
>> On Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 6:01 PM, Frank Filippone <red735i at> 
>> wrote:
>>> There is no published information that the R to TL adapter has or has
>>> not the auto stop down abilities.
>>> The R to M adapter plus the M to TL adapter, which they now recommend
>>> until the one piece adapter becomes available, does not.
>>> Frank Filippone
>>> Red735i at
>>> The facht that the R adapter tube does not stop down R lenses seems a
>>> problem to me, however perfect this camera would be.
>>> Cedric Agie
>>> Brussels
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Mark William Rabiner

Replies: Reply from leica at (Jay Burleson) ([Leica] The SL)
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